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Less Is Lost

por Andrew Sean Greer

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Fiction. Literature. Humor (Fiction.) LGBTQIA+ (Fiction.) HTML:In the follow-up to the ??bedazzling, bewitching, and be-wonderful? (New York Times) best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning Less: A Novel, the awkward and lovable Arthur Less returns in an unforgettable road trip across America.
??Go get lost somewhere, it always does you good.?
For Arthur Less, life is going surprisingly well: he is a moderately accomplished novelist in a steady relationship with his partner, Freddy Pelu. But nothing lasts: the death of an old lover and a sudden financial crisis has Less running away from his problems yet again as he accepts a series of literary gigs that send him on a zigzagging adventure across the US.
Less roves across the ??Mild Mild West,? through the South and to his mid-Atlantic birthplace, with an ever-changing posse of writerly characters and his trusty duo ?? a human-like black pug, Dolly, and a rusty camper van nicknamed Rosina. He grows a handlebar mustache, ditches his signature gray suit, and disguises himself in the bolero-and-cowboy-hat costume of a true ??Unitedstatesian?... with varying levels of success, as he continues to be mistaken for either a Dutchman, the wrong writer, or, worst of all, a ??bad gay.?
??We cannot, however, escape ourselves??even across deserts, bayous, and coastlines. From his estranged father and strained relationship with Freddy, to the reckoning he experiences in confronting his privilege, Arthur Less must eventually face his personal demons. With all of the irrepressible wit and musicality that made Less a bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning, must-read breakout book, Less Is Lost is a profound and joyous novel about the enigma of life in America, the riddle of love,
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The cleverness of Andrew Sean Greer's Less is Lost wears thin about 1/2 way through the novel. Yes, he is a master of language and metaphors but what starts out as comedic becomes irritating. ( )
  GordonPrescottWiener | Aug 24, 2023 |
This is the sequel to Greer's Pulitzer Prize-winning Less. In the first book, Less is dumped by his famous partner, Robert, and heads to Europe to console himself. The concept of an ineffectual man roaming around Europe reminded me of Waugh and Amis, and appealed to me quite a bit.

In the sequel, Less now has a younger partner, Freddie, but is discombobulated when Robert dies. Things are made much worse when it turns out that Less and Freddie have to leave their home because they owe Robert's estate a massive amount of back rent. Less is forced to accept a string of bizarre speaking arrangements to scrounge up the necessary money.

Less encounters a series of characters and incidents that are somewhat amusing in themselves, but the book lacks the depth of the first novel. The repeated device of having Freddie pop in and out of the narration is a bit more clunky this time, and I found the ending a bit too pat and sentimental. ( )
  gjky | Apr 9, 2023 |
Nowhere near as good as Less, but that's hardly a crime. The narrator intrudes a bit too much, and the book lacks the satisfying payoff of the first book, but it's enjoyable enough for a fan. ( )
1 vote alexrichman | Mar 24, 2023 |
Andrew Sean Greer is a special author to me. I discovered him with "The Confessions of Max Tivoli" and have read all his books since that one. Along the way I got a chance to meet him at a book reading in San Francisco where we both lived. His book "Less" was a departure from his previous books in that it was both. humorous and insightful. It was major surprise to many people when it won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 2018. It was a comic novel about a gay author and was somewhat autobiographical. Greer's prose is wonderful and the story was funny and engaging. The sequel follows Arthur Less a few years removed from winning a literary prize and dealing with issues with his current lover and the death of a long term relationship. He discovers that the home in San Francisco that he has been living in for 10 years(owned by the long term relationship) is owed 10 years of back rent. He needs to pay the back rent or lose his occupancy. This leads him to embark on a tour of the USA to make money on various literal engagements. With this back drop we deal with lots of issues while also enjoying the comic episodes that Arthur gets into. Told through the eyes of his current lover(Freddy), this was a fun engaging novel. I would suggest reading "Less" before you read "Less is Lost" but this novel can stand on its own. Check out Greer's other books which are excellent but much more serious in their subject matter.
A very worthwhile read. ( )
  nivramkoorb | Jan 22, 2023 |
I loved the first Less, but I found this sequel tiresome and unnecessary. The ironic, almost tongue-in-cheek voice, so appealing in the first book, became too much. I skimmed the second half just to be done. ( )
  bobbieharv | Jan 19, 2023 |
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Less should have known, at the clinic a few weeks before, that his relationship was in some trouble.
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My curls have patinaed like scallops on old silver; my red glasses magnify my myopia; I am winded after chasing my dog one time around the park.
"Arthur, let me get right to it." He delivers news, good or bad, in a jolting way, like the electric shock used to prod cattle.
"Neither of us is strong. We can't put up a shelf or fix the sink and neither of us can catch a mouse." You put your hand on my arm. "But somebody has to catch the mouse. So here's my proposal. You be the strong one on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. And I'll be the strong one Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays."
I paused, suspicious. "What about Sundays?"
You patted me on the arm with reassurance. "On Sundays, Freddy, nobody's the strong one."
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Without knowing it, the young man has asked the toughest question of all. Less sees Marian across the room, moving slowly in her marionette walk toward an ornate sofa. Those years living on the Vulcan Steps in which he gave each hour to protecting the creativity of Robert, tiptoeing around the house, making lunch as quietly as possible and knocking gently on the door, only to see Robert lying on the daybed looking angrily at the ceiling; the years when he was twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-three—are they to be savored or spent? "Waste your youth," Marion had told him on that beach thirty years ago, and at the time he said he was. But had he? He had invested it, perhaps, but certainly not in himself; one could not withdraw the days of one's youth in retirement and throw them on the fire to warm old bones.
You are seeing suffering, Robert used to say when confronted with a horrible person. You are seeing someone in pain.
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Fiction. Literature. Humor (Fiction.) LGBTQIA+ (Fiction.) HTML:In the follow-up to the ??bedazzling, bewitching, and be-wonderful? (New York Times) best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning Less: A Novel, the awkward and lovable Arthur Less returns in an unforgettable road trip across America.
??Go get lost somewhere, it always does you good.?
For Arthur Less, life is going surprisingly well: he is a moderately accomplished novelist in a steady relationship with his partner, Freddy Pelu. But nothing lasts: the death of an old lover and a sudden financial crisis has Less running away from his problems yet again as he accepts a series of literary gigs that send him on a zigzagging adventure across the US.
Less roves across the ??Mild Mild West,? through the South and to his mid-Atlantic birthplace, with an ever-changing posse of writerly characters and his trusty duo ?? a human-like black pug, Dolly, and a rusty camper van nicknamed Rosina. He grows a handlebar mustache, ditches his signature gray suit, and disguises himself in the bolero-and-cowboy-hat costume of a true ??Unitedstatesian?... with varying levels of success, as he continues to be mistaken for either a Dutchman, the wrong writer, or, worst of all, a ??bad gay.?
??We cannot, however, escape ourselves??even across deserts, bayous, and coastlines. From his estranged father and strained relationship with Freddy, to the reckoning he experiences in confronting his privilege, Arthur Less must eventually face his personal demons. With all of the irrepressible wit and musicality that made Less a bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning, must-read breakout book, Less Is Lost is a profound and joyous novel about the enigma of life in America, the riddle of love,

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